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Hey lovelies, welcome to SDB! I'm Natasha. I am a walking, talking mombie fueled by coffee. I am obsessed with shoes, all things glittery and/or sparkly, and I have an owl obsession. We talk about everything from motherhood, lifestyle, and all things inbetween. I am a mom of three kids and we reside in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for tagging along! Now lets sit back and sip on a cup of coffee in the AM or wine in the PM and lets relax.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Back to School Style with Gymboree

This post has been brought to you by Gymboree and contains affiliate links. I will be compensated financially if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Gymboree Sale On Now!

Can you believe that it's almost Back to School time? Is it just me or does it feel like summer is being shortened the older our kids get? 

Or am I just imagining it?

I swear, when I was their age that summer break seamed to last forever. I remember August hitting and wishing that school would start cause I was bored being at home all the time. I would meet my friends at our elementary school every day at the same time. This was in the early 90's, so there was no texting each other. We communicated via landline with the twenty foot cords! I know y'all remember the twenty foot cords. 

Weeks would pass until our principal posted the classroom assignments on the door before school started. We would park our bikes against the brick wall and eagerly read through the lists with every students name until we found our own. The anticipation was ridiculous as we peered through the windows in search of our names but somehow we always ended up in the same classroom. We would even threeway each other the night before school to plan out our outfits and hair styles. Yup, we were those little girls. We took the first day of school seriously. 

Now that I am mom I both dread and look forward to Back to School shopping for my son's. I'm always happy to go shopping but my checkbook feels a little empty and I am just way too tired afterwards. Thankfully Gymboree makes it easy to shop both in store and online. It's a one stop shop and I got to shop from the comfort of my home while the kids watched a movie on the sofa or play cars on the floor. They have everything from casual wear, school uniforms, athletic wear, and accessories for kids sizes newborn to 14. I have been dressing my kids in their clothes since they were babies and I just love the colorful clothes and quality playwear that lasts.

Amari is in the phase now where he likes to pick out his own clothes when we go shopping. I let him pick out his outfit for this post. He had a grand ol' time looking through the Back To School Collection. He decided on the Terry Joggers  and the Moon Monster Tee from the Cosmic Club Collection. He hates wearing jeans due to the feel of the material against his skin. The Terry Joggers are loose fitting and have a drawstring so he doesn't have to fiddle with buttons. He also liked how they are sporty-looking and stylish at the same time. The Moon Monster Tee he found funny. He likes aliens and thought that it was a pretty cool shirt and was pretty excited when he realized it glowed in the dark too. 

I know I am pleased with the quality of the fabrics and over design. The joggers are made very well and will last him well into the winter; that is if he doesn't have a growth spurt. That kid is a little weed and just keeps sprouting! 

While Amari and I were browsing through the site the other day I asked Amari what some of his academic goals were for the 2nd grade. Last school year was pretty tough for him due to his ADHD. Come fall, he will be testing out medication for the first time. These are Amari's goals that he came up with for the school year: 
- Be able to focus in class.
- Get stronger at reading.
- Finish homework and turn it in on time.
I know that he is capable of finding academic success and I am slowly starting to implement some new study habits and organizational ideas for him.

Right now Gymboree is having a Up to 70% off the Entire Store Sale plus an extra 20% off on Clearance Items! The sale ends tonight at 11:59 pm so hurry while it lasts! Go get your children some goodies. 

Thanks for stopping bye and have a wonderful rest of summer vacation. I know I am getting excited for school to start. 

Ecocentric Mom Series: July Mom Box

This post has been brought to you by Ecocentric Mom and contains affiliate links. By clicking on links and purchasing a subscription box from Ecocentric Mom I will receive a small compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own based off my experience with the products.

Due to the 4th of July holiday my Mom Box from my friends over at Ecocentric Mom was delayed a couple of days. When that cute little mint colored box arrived at my door I literally squealed with excitement. As you can see; I enjoy receiving packages in the mail, especially when they are for me. The Mom Box is a nice little treat for all the hard work that goes into being a mom. 

If you want to treat yourself or surprise someone you know who is expecting or has a little one there is a box for you. 

Here's a look into my July Mom Box this month:

This bag is so cute! I am loving the palm tree print. I haven't decided if it will become my new lunch bag or a wetsack to hold clothes for my kids in our diaper bag. 

Missy J's -
My daughter loved these cookies. She ate both of them but did give me a bite. They were pretty yummy and toddler approved. 

Sincerely Different: Sweet Dream Salve
I was a little skeptical when I first got this. I smelt it and thought that it smelled okay but was way to subtle to help aid sleep. I rubbed it on my wrists, behind my ears and temples and let's just say I slept like a baby all night. I have been using it for a couple weeks now and have even started using it as part of my children's bed routine. They too are sleeping better and longer at night. 

Mes Amis Soaps: Handmade Soap
I love soap. This soap will be going in my little jar in our master bathroom. It smells really good too.

Sarah's Sweet Scrubs: First Aid/Bug Bite Relief
I used this when we went on vacation to Redmond, Oregon last week. I sprayed the kids in the evening to help prevent mosquito bites. This product worked really well. The kids were bite free and I plan to use it on them for the rest of the summer. 

Jersey Shore Cosmetics: Jumbo Mongongo Lip Balm 
I have an obsession with anything pertaining to my lips. This is my new favorite chapstick. I love mangoes and it really is a good product. It keeps my lips nice and moisturized throughout the day.

I have been really pleased with my monthly boxes from Ecocentric Mom and I am eagerly awaiting for my August Mom Box. I highly suggest that you treat yourself too. After all, we are all busy mom's and sometimes a little self-care; even if it comes in the form of a mint little box is a nice reward. 

To subscribe, click here

Thanks for stopping bye and have a wonderful rest of your weekend. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Current Facial Care Routine for Summer

I am awful when it comes to taking care of my skin. I always have been. I'm ashamed to admit it. When I was younger I used to go to bed without washing the makeup off my face and since I naturally have oily skin I would wake up with a huge pimple on my cheek or forehead. It was awful. Now that I will be turning 32 in the fall I am trying to take better care of my skin. I have been doing a pretty good job the last couple of months. 

I started forcing myself to wash my face the moment I wake up and right before I go to bed. I once read somewhere that if you fall asleep with makeup on it ages your skin by ten years. Yikes! I cringed when I read it and it has motivated me to keep my face and neck clean. I also make sure that I use toner to deep clean those large pores of mine and moisturize with a facial lotion that is oil free. 

I treat myself with facial masks 5 days a week. I tend to rotate between sheet masks, peels and clay masks. Some of my favorite masks come from a cute little shop in Portland called Pretty & Cute. It's an Asian beauty store and the masks are amazing even though I don't know what they say! I just know that they work and that my skin feels hydrated, soft, and clean afterwards.

What is your current facial care routine for the summer? I would love to hear about it as well as any products that you might recommend.

Thanks for stopping bye and have a wonderful rest of the week.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

Happy Wednesday Friends! Is it just me or has July kinda flown bye? I've been taking a little break from blogging but I thought that I would share some fun and random facts about me. I needed to take a break from packing tiny clothes for our trip to Bend in a few days. Besides, sometimes I just love jumping on bandwagons and this is one of them. 

Here are some (not all) of the random facts about me:

I am a History nerd. I love history so much, especially U.S. History. I have always been fascinated by it. I'm the type of person who gets excited when I find the Constitution for a dollar at the Dollar Tree and buy it to add to my collection of books that still sit in boxes in storage. I have boxes full of history books and the two most beat up books I own are "Lies My Teacher Told Me" by James Lowen and "A People's History" by Howard Zinn. I religiously watch the history channel and documentaries on Netflix too. 

I played competitive fast-pitch for 10 years of my life. I was that girl on the team who's jersey was always covered in dirt and the white on my stirrups were permanently stained brown from all the sliding and diving I did. I played mid-infield (shortstop and 2nd base). I hit left handed and throw right handed. I also have lots of scars on the back of my thighs from some nasty raspberries I received sliding into bases. A couple years ago I ended up getting stitched because my tooth went through my lip after I got hit by a ball in the face. Now I have a lump on my bottom lip that messes up all my pretty lipsticks.

Growing up I had a ferret as a pet. His name was Weasel. He was a silver mitt and passed away when I was 16. I loved that little guy. When I turned 21 in college I bought another ferret and named him Anansi after the Spider-Man Trickster in African Folklore. He was also a silver mitt and was a feisty little shit. I used to joke with my friends that I would be a "ferret lady" instead of a cat lady when I get old. 

I will destroy a bag of delicious Mexican candy. Thankfully only my daughter likes it and I don't have to share it with anyone else! 

I'm actually lactose intolerant and shouldn't have dairy. Sad I know. I've never really been a huge dairy fan but I do like cheese and ice cream sometimes. The thought of drinking milk actually makes me sick to my stomach. I have never liked the taste of it and even when I would eat cereal as a kid I used to dump the milk out after eating it.

The closest I have ever come to breaking a bone was when I got hit in the wrist by 65 mile an hour fastball. My hand swelled up like Professor Klump and I still played in the 4th of July tournament the next day. 

So sad, so true. I don't even have a passport. The furthest I have ever been was to NYC. I have been to Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, and Minnesota. I'm slacking on my travel game. Now that I have kids it has taken a back burner. One day we will travel somewhere. I'm itching to go to a tropical climate like Hawaii or the Caribbean. 

I was born in Long Beach, California! I have been to Cali more times than I can count. Whenever I go back I feel like I'm home. Last spring when my husband and I went to Palm Desert I was in heaven. There is something about the sunshine state and the heat that I miss. I moved to Oregon when I was four and have lived in the Great Pacific Northwest ever since. Sure I miss the sun but I love the PNW and all it's vast greenness.

Call it fear, phobia, or even pure hatred. I do not like snakes. Everything about them is unnatural from the way they move to the fact  they have no legs or arms. They absolutely disgust me! And when you add venomous ones to the mix I want to cry. So nasty! I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about them. I refuse to go into the reptile section at the zoo or even into a pet store. The mere sight of a snake makes every hair on my body stand on end. Disgusting!

Math and I are not friends. I feel like an idiot as soon as people start talking big numbers to me. I zone out. Math just doesn't make any sense to me especially when you start adding in letters and strange symbols. All I need to know is how to keep my checkbook balanced and I'm good.

So there you have it. Ten random facts about me. Thanks for stopping bye y'all. Have a wonderful day. I'm going to enjoy relaxing by the pool this weekend. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Send A Gift with Ease with "A Wish For You"

This post has been brought to you by A Wish For You. I was not financially compensated for this post, however I received a free gift of my choice to share with my followers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you ever wanted to just send a gift to someone just because? A thinking of you gift, birthday gift, or a congratulations on your promotion gift? I know I have. As a busy mom of three and full-time working professional it's often hard for me to find the time to go shopping for a gift, a card, and supplies to wrap the gift on top of dropping it off at the post office and paying for shipping. A lot of effort goes into all of that plus money. 

With it being graduation season in June, it was a crazy month for me. I barely had enough time to go shopping to buy my little sister a gift for her Bridal Shower. Luckily for me I stumbled upon a little online shop called A Wish For You thanks to good old Twitter. 

If you haven't heard of A Wish For You, you should go and check out their website as soon as possible. They make sending a gift to someone super easy. All you have to do is select  a memento that you want, pick from one of their beautiful cards, and write a custom message and your done. It's just three easy steps and they take care of the wrapping and mailing out your package. 

I ended up finding the perfect gift, which correlates rather well with the two new mugs I bought for my sister for coffee in the morning and tea in the evenings. It was a simple gift. A tea infuser shaped like an umbrella. It was only fitting seeing as we reside in the Pacific Northwest where it rains ten months out of the year. My sister also lives on Mt Hood and I know she'll enjoy sitting on her porch and looking out at her garden while her two dogs run around in the backyard.

So the next time you want to send a little gift why not check out A Wish For You? They have something for everyone and the cards are absolutely beautiful! My sister loved the hydrangeas card that I chose and adored the umbrella shaped tea infuser too. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cocktails and Popcorn for 4th of July

This feature has been brought to you by SkinnyPop Popcorn and contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own and please, be safe this holiday and drink responsibly and don't drink and drive.

4th of July is right around corner! We celebrate another glorious day of freedom and liberty and their isn't a better way to celebrate America's birthday than with popcorn and adult cocktails while watching the fireworks explode in the night sky. 

SkinnyPop Popcorn has put together an exclusive cocktail and popcorn pairing. I am eager and excited to try all five of the pairings but for now I'm going to share my two favorites that I have tried thus far. 

The Blueberry Mojito paired with SkinnyPop's Sea Salt & Pepper Popped Popcorn is delicious! I also really like the Moscow Mule paired with SkinnyPop's Original Popped Popcorn. It's a simple pairing but together it's exceptional and both  beverages would be phenomenal to serve at your shindig with family and friends tomorrow.

What cocktail and popcorn pairing are you most excited to try? I know my next pairing will be the Coconut Margarita with the spicy Pepper Jack or JalapeƱo popcorn! I love me some coconut and any excuse to eat something spicy! It sounds amazing. Leave me a comment below with what combination you are most eager to try. 

Have a wonderful 4th of July and please be responsible and safe this holiday. Thanks for stopping bye!